Elf on the Shelf Accessories DIY

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This Elf on the Shelf Accessories DIY is easy to make with a couple of paper towels and glue dots to make the Christmas Tradition special.

The Elf on the Shelf is an awesome Christmas tradition to start with your kids. This is our first year and we love it!

It reminds the kids to be good because the Elf on the Shelf is watching and reporting back to Santa in the North Pole each night.

We also pose the Elf in cute ways to remind kids to do certain things like wash their hands and take a shower or bath at night time.

I have put together this super simple tutorial on how to make it look like your Elf is wearing a towel and hair towel after the bath.

Elf on the Shelf Shower

Elf on the Shelf Accessories DIY

Here are the tools and supplies you will need for this simple DIY. If you only have full sheets of paper towels, you will also need a scrissors.

Tools & Supplies

How to Make Towels for Your Elf on the Shelf?

Start with 2 halves of a solid white paper towel.

Elf on the Shelf Accessory Tutorial

If you are working with a full size paper towel sheet, you will need to cut the paper towel in half.

If you use paper towels that break off into half sheets, you will need 2 half sheets.

Then, fold the first paper towel over on the long side about 1 inch.

Elf on the Shelf Accessory

Next, wrap the Elf in the paper towel putting the top of the towel in the chest area.

When the towel is done being wrapped, use a glue dot on the corner of the paper towel to secure it.

Elf on the Shelf towel wrap

If you do not have a glue dot, you can use a dab of Tacky glue or Elmers glue. I like to use a glue dot because there is no waiting time for it to dry.

If you use real glue, secure it with a paper clip or some sort of pin until it is dry. It takes about 30 minute for Elmers glue to dry and 1 to 4 hours for tacky glue to dry.

To make the hair towel, wrap the long part of the paper towel around the Elf’s head securing it with a glue dot on the paper towel.

Elf on the Shelf hair towel

Then, twist the paper towel into a cone leaning to one side.

Secure the point of cone to back base of the paper towel at the back base of the Elf’s neck.

Finally, display the Elf in the bathroom in a dry place. If the shower drips, don’t put it there.

You can use a towel to dry an area in the bathroom so that the will stay dry and fresh for your kids to see in the morning.

Places to Put Your Elf on the Shelf

Here are more idea on how to pose your Elf on the Shelf. We have come up with some really cute and cool ideas.

  • Mug Rack
  • Above the Stockings
  • In a Wreath
  • With the Family Photos
  • In the Toy Box
  • Hanging from the Christmas Tree
  • In the Doll House
  • Tucked in Flowers
  • On top of the Fridge
  • Hanging from the Banister
  • Among the Board Games
  • On the Bed Post

You can see all of our Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

Elf on the Shelf Shower

More Elf on the Shelf Accessories

If you want to buy some fun accessories for your Elf on the Shelf, here are some super cute ideas.

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1 thought on “Elf on the Shelf Accessories DIY”

  1. Thanks for this easy to do DIY list! Hey! This is a great do-it-yourself idea; many thanks for sharing. These pieces of art are beautiful in both quality and design, and they’re sure to turn heads. For my kids room, something is already in the works. I like to spend quality time with my family. Even if anything doesn’t work out, I can always go back and review this DIY to see what I missed the first time around.


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